Ray Ray's Pale Ale | Center of the Universe Brewing Company

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Ray Ray's Pale AleRay Ray's Pale Ale

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Center of the Universe Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Huhzubendah on 03-06-2013

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 114
Photo of Chip_and_ales_1
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Ordered this in a hotel because it was local and on tap. Small to modest head, no lace (at all), reasonable hop aroma, nice flavor with some decent hop bitterness. Good enough that I could go back to drinking it after having one Stone Delicious IPA (a much stronger flavor and stronger ABV beer).

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Photo of JayQue
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good solid APA. Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. Medium size frothy white head with good retention. Thick streaks of lacing on the glass. Aroma is piney hops and slightly sweet malt. Fairly prominent and nice. Flavor is more of the same. The malt is somewhat sweet but also on the dry and biscuity side. The hops and bitterness are piney/resiny with just the right amount of bitterness. Close enough in abv to be a session type beer and well worth it flavor wise. Mouthfeel is crisp and nicely bitter. Rich enough for the style. I could see this as someone's every day beer.

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Photo of rjs246
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

RVA / Central VA has had a recent surge of canned Pale Ales and I am loving it. Ray Ray's isn't the best of the group, but it is extremely drinkable with enough hoppiness to get the job done.

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Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, a bit minty. Taste is hop forward, some bitterness, piney, light citrus, malts kicking in at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

My recent forays to NorVA and WASDC have enabled me to stop in at Total Wine & More stores in those areas, which is where this CAN came from in furtherance of The CANQuest ™.

From the CAN: “It All Revolves Around the Beer”; “Who is Ray Ray? Chris Ray was a professional relief pitcher and a longtime homebrewer. He has since retired from baseball and is now brewing professionally. His waistline, ERA and knowledge of craft beer grew steadily as he traveled all over the U.S. during his career. Phil Ray is a retired mechanical engineer who, while designing satellite guidance systems, perfected his craft on the weekends. He happily traded in his tidy cubicle for a mash paddle. Together, brothers Chris and Phil bring an adventurous yet pragmatic approach to brewing high quality beers with only the finest whole ingredients. Ray Ray’s Pale Ale, the namesake of the two, is a West Coast Style Pale that is continually hopped using Ameri[CAN] Cascade hops. The resulting 42 IBUs are balanced by the sweetness derived from the use of premium malt.”; “CANs Infinitely Recyclable”.

The Crack! revealed that the Ray brothers were generous in filling their cylindrical metal beverage CANtainers, so I held an inverted Glug to celebrate. Following a brief pseudo-cascade, three fingers of dense, rocky, tawny head formed, evincing decent retention. Color was Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled strongly of both grapefruit rind and biscuit malts. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was initially very bitter with a taste of grapefruit, especially, but slowly, the biscuit malt came out of the background and leveled the playing field. Finish was dry, hoppy, tasty and about as close to an AIPA a beer CAN get and still be an APA. I liked it, but they could probably tone the bitterness down just a tad without much complaint from me. It was just enough that I probably would not want too many before I would want to some water or simply to switch to another beer.

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Photo of droomyster
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can pours a hazy, glowing amber body with a small white head with decent retention; little lacing. Fantastic aromas: bursting with orange peel and pineapple almost as much as an IPA, with equally potent notes of caramel malts suggesting lots of sweetness to come. This promise, however, isn't quite fulfilled; the flavors are hop-dominated with just a hint of caramel malts that don't even begin to balance the orange zest and resinous hop notes. This is by no means a bad beer, but the label "pale ale" sets up an expectation of an even match between hops and malts that isn't quite achieved here. Still, an enjoyable brew for those who prefer bitter-leaning pale ales.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

A dull orange and apricot body, slightly cloudy a bit with minimal carbonation. Minimal retention on a big off white head that forms three to nearly four fingers tall. Soapy retention, and settles to a big bubbled puck and eventually a thin bubbled collar.

Grainy nose with a bit of mild acridity. Very quiet down here, not much else to detect either, malt or hop wise. Not awful, but noting worth getting excited about either.

Palate matches some of the subtlety and quiet character of the nose. Small grainy finish, with a minimal depth of malt character even for a pale ale. Slight juiced orange character with a bit of good stinging carbonation on the tongue.

Comes across as a decent basic everyday American pale ale.

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Photo of ThickNStout
2.72/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12oz can from ThatCracker (thanks man). Canned 2/14/14. Served in a Terrapin goblet.

Pours hazy amber with two fingers of pale head. A frothy cap lingers, leaving a good bit of lace.

Smells of floral hops, spice and a little bread. Meh.

I get a strange combination of flavors. Earthy hops, an almost nutmeg-like spice, bready malt, hay and vague citrus zest.

Fairly thin body with plenty of carbonation. Old hops, citrus pith and bread linger in the finish.

This was not at all what I look for in a pale ale. The earthy spice and iverly floral notes just turned me off. This was brewed for someone else.

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Photo of delta490
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out somewhere between gold and amber, clear, with a creamy-ish white head that has moderate retention. Light lacing. Hard to judge the aroma since there isn't any once the head dissipates. The taste is mild but decent, with some light carmel malt notes and little bit of hops. Nothing really distinct or memorable about it, though. There is a decent weight to the body but a little bit of fizz from the carbonation. It's not terrible, but it's nothing to get excited about, either.

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Photo of bmwats
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a can into a tumbler.

A: Dark golden hue. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly, white head. Craters slowly and unevenly, leaving dry residue and little peaks and valleys behind as it does. Sparse lacing.

S: Hops are prominent, pine straw, and lemon citrus.

T: Hops, bread, hay, and lemon pith.

M: Light body. Feels a little shallow. Steely finish.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is nice. Deep hue, large head, and some decent lacing. Nose is mainly piney hop with some lemon citrus. Hop forward, hay, and bitter lemon pith. A little shallow and steely. Overall, this is an okay quaff.

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Photo of chrisjduncan
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Ray/Ray's strikes a great balance between heavy earthy notes and lemon. Easy to drink and only slightly (pleasantly) bitter on the back end, it is a great representation of a true Pale Ale. Pours nicely with relatively small head but good lacing on the glass. Nice earthy aroma with a hint of fruit on top. Overall, very impressive outing. It should be noted they have added a canned distribution with some smart marketing art which is initially what caught my eye.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a pale, slightly hazed, caramel-copper coloring with a steady flow of carbonation and a thin, filmy, sparse, white surface coating of head. Aromas of tangerine and grapefruit, with a solid resinous pitch throughout. Good, balanced nose that doesn't overpower. Flavors are resinous on the forward tongue, but that rapidly recedes, leaving a subtle caramel sweetness and hints of piney hops. There is a big gap on the palate between the forward flavors and the aftertaste which leaves you hanging a bit. The aftertaste is well balanced, with citrus notes and an effervescent feel providing highlights in the tangy sweet and hoppy balance. Light, effervescent body, with a crisp, very clean finish. Easy enough to drink, but the flavor profiles lack just a bit of punch to be a really solid APA for me.

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Photo of KevinK441
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a local beer in my area from a new brewery and this is the only one I've tried from them and I was very eager to see what they had to offer.

Appearance: This Pale Ale has a classic orange color and pours somewhat thin with a very unnoticeable head. It looks fantastic in the glass.

Smell: Has a very bitter smell that is neither pleasant or unpleasant.

Taste: This beer has a bit of unpleasant spiciness and is bitter throughout which is characteristic of a pale ale. It's good but I've had a lot better. There is not enough malt to balance out the bitterness in my opinion. It's too bitter throughout.

Mouthfeel: Average.

Overall: Worth trying but I will most likely avoid it when I see it in the store. I'm looking forward to trying some of their other offerings.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Shared by maniac. The beer is light golden with a small white head. Aroma of hops, light citrus, a touch of floral and pine notes. Flavor is mediocre. A bit malty and unrefined for the style. Hop character is subdued and overshadowed. Eh... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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Ray Ray's Pale Ale from Center of the Universe Brewing Company
3.4 out of 5 based on 114 ratings.
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